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If you are already divorced, may I ask what you require legal aid for?
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You mean you are hoping for legal aid in relation to resolving the financial settlement?
I am sorry to have to tell you that legal aid is only available in very limited circumstances for private family law - those limited circumstances being that you have suffered domestic abuse of some kind during the relationship. You can see here for further information: https://www.gov.uk/legal-aid and to check eligibility: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
In addition, even if you find that you are entitled to legal aid due to any previous abuse, any capital (or property) or other items of value, will be taken into account and you could be asked to contribute to the legal aid cost, or they could take a charge over your property. Legal aid isn't really free anymore, even for those most in need.
Mediation is often the best way to resolve financial settlements - it is less expensive than using lawyers. You can find a mediator here: https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/
Does that assist?
In relation to how to make a financial claim?
If you read the link regarding legal aid, you will see under what circumstances it is available. It is likely in order to obtain any assistance related to mental health issues that you'd have to be deemed to not have capacity to act on your own. To have that assessed you'd need to see your GP or seek the assistance of a solicitor specialised in mental health issues who would be able to guide you further.
You can find solicitors here, where you can search by your location and area of law: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
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Yes, it should certainly be a starting point.
If all else fails, you could try Advocate - they are barristers who can represent people in court on a pro bono basis, but you will need to be referred by your MP, CAB or a legal advice clinic. See here: https://weareadvocate.org.uk/